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Reading Slumps, October, Writing and my TBR!

Reading or lack of…

This past couple of months has been a hard one from a reading perspective I have been a very big reading slump. I hate reading slumps, they’re so frustrating but they do happen to me now and again. I have always found that the right book normally gets me through and I have hunted high and low for THAT book to get me through my slump but it took me longer than normal to find it, so I have been suffering a bit of a drought. So September and the beginning of October was a bit dry on the reading front.

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But I have recently started reading The Lesser Bohemians a novel about a drama student with an older lover- I loved the concept of the book when I first heard about it and now I have started reading it, it has the most interesting narrative structure.

Written in the form of prose, The Lesser Bohemians is more like a 300-page poem than a novel but it is beautifully written and the story is really interesting and I can’t wait to read more!

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Now I am back in the reading swing of things I have some really interesting books on my TBR pile but I am particularly excited about The Muse and The Essex Serpent which I cannot wait to get too!

Writing…

Another reason for my lack of reading is my writing.

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For those of you who don’t know, I am currently writing the first draft of my first book The Girl Who Fell Out of the Ocean which is available of Wattpad (I’m @paintandbutterflies). I am close to the end now with the last few chapters to go, and while writing my first novel has been a real learning curve I am looking forward to having my whole story (well the first draft) done so I can concentrate on a serious edit.

How has your Autumn reading been going? Got any new and interesting books on your TBR?

See you next time guys,

Happy reading and writing everyone xx

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

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Hi Guys and welcome to my March Wrap Up and April TBR- March has been both a successful and unsuccessful reading month, successful in the sense of I read some really great books but unsuccessful in the sense I only read three of them.

My March Reads

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The Girls by Emma Cline is a really interesting piece of literary fiction which tells the story of the Manson Killings from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old girl. To read my full review click the link above, I rated the girls 3/5 stars.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles) is a science fiction re-telling of Cinderella. Cinderella (Cinder) is a Cyborg this ongoing series is a romp which I definitely plan on continuing with. I gave Cinder 3/5 stars!

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger is a time travel young adult novel with an interesting premise but when it came down to the nitty gritty it wasn’t for me. To read my full review click above, I gave this 2/5 stars!

April TBR

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As a rule, I do like to keep my TBR pretty open because as my mood changes what I like to read changes  but I do have a few books I would like to get through this April.

Currently reading

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Ever since the release of Lady Midnight I have been reminded how behind I am with The Shadow Hunter Chronicles. I have read the Infernal Devices but only the first three of The Mortal Instruments so this month I am attempting to play catch up!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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All part of my Shadowhunters catch up plan!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman

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I was never particularly interested in this and then I saw the movie trailer for the adaptation of the novel which is being released this year and MAY have been brought to tears.

Scarlett by Marrissa Meyer

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I have recently finished Cinder and cannot wait to jump into book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak

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I have started this book a few times but this month is finally the month.

I hope you have enjoyed my March Wrap up and April TBR!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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October TBR

October is one of those months which is great for theme reading and I would love to make this a October a wicked one.

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Those spooky reads really get me in the mood for the month but I am already committed to quite a few ARCs and challenges, series and things so it won’t be as a spooky heavy month as I would like. So in the spirit in keeping October and Halloween  here is my slightly creepy, a little too long, but hopefully I will get round to most of them, October TBR. 🙂 But as always I’m sure I will pick up quite a few things that aren’t on the list.

Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I HAD to re-read Clockwork Angel in September I love this series and now I have started the re-read I have been sucked back into that Shadow Hunter world and want to see it through to the bitter end. But I forgot about the feels guys, all the feels… If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices what are you still doing here go, go now and read! (Maybe finish reading my post first though 🙂

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I have been seeing this book around for so long and now I’m in the perfect mood for a real World War Two historical fiction epic.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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In the spirit of creepy reads a YA novel based around antique photographs sounds like it fits the bill to me. This is one of those series that I have been meaning to read for a while and with the film on its way and the third book out this October seems to be the perfect time, I just hope it lives up to the hype.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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I have see the film adaptation version of this staring Daniel Radcliff a few times and anyone who has seen that film knows it’s creepy. Also though it was really enjoyable and when I found out it was based on a book (and not just a stage play) a bought a copy of the book I think it was last October actually and never got round to reading it so I plan to get to it this October and hopefully I enjoy it as much as I did when watching the film.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

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I have just received this as an ARC thanks to NetGalley and am really excited to get to it, this book revolves round the Bronte sisters and is described as a novel of romance and intrigue. While one sister Branwell slips into madness the sisters feel their lives slipping away and must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations. This sounds fantastic! Entering the world of the Bronte sisters, authors of books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I’m hoping this is going to be a real treat!

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Really looking forward to reading this as part as my The Problem of Susan Challenge to find out more about the challenge and The Problem of Susan click here or to read my review of The Magicians Nephew book 1 in the Chronicles of Narnia click here.

I’m already half way through Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, hopefully it’s going to be a great reading month. Happy Reading Everyone! x

Confessions of a Mood Reader

I’ve been thinking recently how what I read is greatly influenced by my mood, I am always trying to push myself when it comes to my reading but if I don’t feel like reading that genre then I just can’t do it.

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For example my TBR pile is a mess, with books I have bought, challenges, ARC requests just everything even books that have been sitting there lonely and undiscovered for far to long. So when pondering which book to pick up next I normally open and close a few things (close quite a few) and fling myself over my bed in a helpless manor as if I am never going to be able decided. The choice is to great, the mountain to high I may as well face it I AM NEVER READING AGAIN. Okay so maybe this is slightly over dramatic and I really should do something about my mountainous TBR if it is resulting in behaviour suitable of a teenage drama queen.

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Normally when in this mood – suitable for a TBR shaming blog post I pause and think what do I want to read, what draws me in. And normally I am in the mood for a very specific genre and when this happens nothing else will do. Classics forget about it, YA no way, I am currently in the mood for Sci-Fi/Romance (not to get to specific) which has resulted me reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer (This is a book I’ve read before!) But the heart wants what it wants, I enjoy watching my TBR decrease and blitzing my way through my Goodreads reading challenge but reading is also for enjoyment so I guess I’m just going to read what makes me happy.

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On the up side I’ve never reviewed The Host before so there’s a little something to look forward to, hope that wasn’t to ranty for you and you’re all having a good weekend.

Mel and jared

Chloe x